Archive for February 2010

Planning a coast to coast summer 2010 – Morecambe to Mappleton

The planning for this summer’s coast to coast – provisionally “Morecambe to Mappleton” – continues. However, a test run, to find out if we will be able to use what looked on the OS maps to be a bridleway between Weel and Meaux, stalled at a locked metal gate just outside Meaux. I had hoped […]

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Route planning in Google Earth

Further to a recent post titled creating a cycle route on Google Earth I'm now well into planning this May's cycle tour of Denmark. It takes a couple of hours or so to draw a whole day's path, then a couple of minutes to convert it to a .gpx track. The route so far: Esbjerg […]

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'Why bark, if you've gotta dog?'

Well, this morning all sorts of plans have been shattered. My mountain bike meet was cancelled, Beth couldn't get to work, and hubby has a dark cloud above him having sorted out his bike for a trial. All cancelled, due to heavy dumping of snow.

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A New Route, not easy

In Ireland we are blessed with a huge road network, but this is a mixed blessing, because many of the roads are not that well-surfaced, and in a hilly county like Cork, most of the minor roads involve hills, and in many cases serious hills. I'd often cycled from Innishannon to Ballinspittle and Garrettstown, along […]

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Cycling the Isle of Man – Three Peaks of Mann route

Well, I'm getting a bit tired of the same ol' route each time I want to ride an Audax. Soooooo, getting another ride sorted out. This one is going to be hilly, as hilly as I can get it to be without repeating roads. Its going to ride in a figure 8 and will feature […]

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Blackburn EX1 expedition pannier rack (and Blackburn MTN1 pannier rack)

All of my bikes that have been fitted with pannier racks have Blackburn models. There is no particular reason other than that they were ‘in’ when I took up cycling seriously in the late 1970s. You will find no shortage of cyclists who will tell you they prefer the racks produced by other manufacturers. I […]

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Creating a GPS cycle route on Google Earth

You can plan any type of route on Google Earth – not just a cycle route – but in my case I'd like to plan the route for a cycle tour in Denmark next May. Denmark has a network of cycle routes, some of which run alongside roads, but some follow country tracks that aren't […]

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New cycling shoes

For the first time in about six years, I've bought some new cycling shoes. My old Sidi shoes were starting to look decidedly tatty, so I shopped around for replacements. I found these: Dromarti Race expensive, but beautiful. So expensive, that they would be the most expensive footware I'd ever own.

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Valentines day out on the Mountain Bike… Where was everyone!

Just back from a really good ride out with the girls. Normally there are a dozen of us out there. But today, Fiona, Jo and myself were 'the Billy no-mates' and were hitting the trails alone.

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Thyroid glands and cycling… the joys of it all

In September 2009 I was diagnosed with Graves Disease. Sounds worse than it is. It seems my fantastic immune system that I have been so pleased with is biting back. I cannot remember the last time I have had a cold or a sore throat even, and apart from child birth I have never had […]

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Cycling above Ballinamorrive

We'd intended to head for Beara in the cars today, but it was a bit too cold. Instead did a 40 miler, starting at 11 at Zero C. The start was not a great start, Donie getting two puncture in 100 yards. We'd been unable to detect the cause of the first one, but the […]

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Rathcormac, Ballyhooley, Glenville, Cork

It was a little bit colder than of late this morning (4C) as I cycled east into an east wind to the Silversprings Hotel, known in Cork as "the Sillysprings" to meet the redoubtable Mick and Donie. Off we head towards Glanmire and then north on the old Dublin Road (most of it has been […]

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Cycling and running (and the Ferriby 10 2010)

I’ve been thinking of starting running again. Last weekend I took the Kinesis bike out for a ride to Skidby and Little Weighton. These villages are in the East Riding of Yorkshire and offer the nearest hills to where I live. I wanted to see how big a gear I could push on the way […]

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A Winter of Cycling Discontent

1. The lousy weather [ See also 2. The CTC charity vote » ] Although I much prefer summer to winter, I'm not someone who experiences SAD Syndrome as many others seem to around this time of year. A couple of months ago I posted how I enjoy cycling in gloomy December. Until just after Christmas […]

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